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ROUND TABLE

…ON THE FCCS INTENT TO REFORM THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND, AND THE LIKELIHOOD THE COMMISSION WILL ADOPT A NUMBERSBASED SYSTEM AS OPPOSED TO THE CURRENT REVENUE METHOD THAT WOULD CHARGE EVERYBODY A USF FEE REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH THEY USE THEIR LANDLINES.

This methodology has many advantages it is easy to administer, it would be readily understandable by consumers and it promotes telephone number conservation. Equally important, this method would be competitively [neutral] and technologyneutral. … Although I am open to other approaches that would serve to increase the contributions into the fund, we cannot wait much longer before taking action. The industry needs certainty and the fund needs fixing.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin

One of the most alarming aspects of the numbers-based proposal is that no one has yet produced an estimate of the effect of the change on low-income consumers, including the poor and seniors on fixed incomes. It does not make sense for the FCC or Congress to change the collection of USF funding without first taking a long, hard look at who would pay the piper for the so-called simplicity of a numbers-based plan.
Keep USF Fair Coalitions Linda Sherry

Numbers-based is the most perfect of all imperfect solutions.
Cox Communications’ Doug Garrett


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